I'm pretty keen to upgrade from CS3 that I used to for hacking around some SD video to CS5 to work on Canon h.264 and XDCamHD 4:2:2 Nanoflash recorder files for some personal projects. Currently I have what WAS a rockstar system at the time but I'm trying to figure out if I should build a whole new machine or just upgrade the OS.
Dell XPS 720
Intel Core2 Duo E6850 @ 3Ghz
4Gb RAM (only 3Gb used by XP)
nVidia GeForce 8800GTX (CUDA compliant according to web site)
Lots of storage
So, understanding that I'm not a professional editor, I'm looking at $3K-$4K+ for a new i7/nVidia GTX480/12Gb RAM system or I can upgrade the RAM to 8Gb (max the system will support) and the OS to Win7/64 for about $450-ish. Would the existing system see a signifigant performance increase with just the OS and RAM upgrade or would that $$$ be better spent by investing in a new system?
1¢ for your thoughts.
Current CPU is **way** underpowered for HD... Intel i7 is **way** better
What I've just built is at http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM which should work for AVCHD (according to Adobe's requirements) without raid
For other HD formats, you may need raid for a higher data transfer rate
Nice backup system you have, but that is all. BUILD a new one, do not buy a Dell or HP and you will be equipped for your source material with room to grow within budget.